Carey Purcell is a New-York based writer, reporter and theater critic. She covers the New York theater scene, reviewing plays and interviewing members of the community. Her writing offers a fresh and feminist perspective from a young, progressive woman. Read more.

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Review: Snow White

Traditional fairy tales have offered countless explorations into darker themes: sexuality, power, disempowerment, power and disempowerment through sexuality… one, especially if one is a feminist, could go on and on. And Company XIV’s presentation of Snow White, receiving its premiere … Continue reading


Review: Noises Off

Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint what it is that makes something great. One spice or flavor in a recipe, one color in a painting or one drop of liquor can elevate a cocktail from good to great. It’s the combination … Continue reading


Published: “There Aren’t Enough Roles,” Says Tony Winner Ruthie Ann Miles on Diversity in the Theatre

Originally published on Playbill.com View this story online Ruthie Ann Miles, who won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a musical for her performance as Lady Thiang in The King and I, shared her hopes for a future … Continue reading


Published: “All the Words Came Out a Different Way” — Hamilton Cast Share Exclusive Reactions Performing for the President

Originally published on Playbill.com View this story online President Barack Obama attended the July 18 matinee of Hamilton as the culmination of a weekend trip to New York City. The new Lin-Manuel Miranda musical arrived on Broadway July 13 after … Continue reading


Published: Is Paying for Reviews the New Journalism? Time Out’s David Cote Weighs In

Originally published on Playbill.com View this story online Bitter Lemons, a theatre website based in Los Angeles, has announced a new business model in which productions pay writers to review their productions. Theatre productions will be charged $150 per review, … Continue reading


Published: It’s Lisa’s Turn! Why Tyne Daly Insisted This Broadway Breakout Got The Last Bow

“Always the bridesmaid” is a common phrase used to describe people left on the sidelines, but it can no longer be applied to Lisa Howard. The actress, who has frequently appeared on Broadway in supporting roles in The 25th Annual … Continue reading


Published: A Woman’s World: Pam MacKinnon on The Decision to Restore Wasserstein’s Cut Dialogue to The Heidi Chronicles

Pam MacKinnon, an award-winning director who has breathed new life into classic plays like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Delicate Balance, is bringing another revival of a well-known play to Broadway: Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles. The production … Continue reading


Review: Once Upon a Mattress

“A princess is a delicate thing,” sweetly sings the chorus of Once Upon a Mattress, the deliciously kooky musical in performances at the Abron Arts Center on the Lower East Side. But in this revival of the 1950s musical spoof … Continue reading